Elizabeth Akoh Igharo
My name is Elizabeth Akoh Igharo, the first in a family of six. I lost my dad at a very tender age. Life became too hard and unbearable for us despite the menial and odd jobs we had to do in other to keep body and soul as our breadwinner was no more. In the process, I was sexually abused which resulted in me being a single and underaged mother in 2007. I lost hope for a future as I was further depressed and confused. One day, I was lost in thought as a result of the enormous challenges confronting my mum a poor widow and we the children were going through and never knew when I drifted into the major road and was knocked down by a car that ran over my leg and fled out of sight.
Although I was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, the leg was inadequately given the right attention and medication due to lack of money for proper treatment. As a result, the leg began to be swollen, after several months of pains. I kept on moving about with it while my mum sought for help to no avail. All these happened in 2014.
On March 21st 2015, my leg became more swollen, rotten and painful such that I couldn’t walk with it for three months. I was eventually taken to a hospital where a scan was conducted on the leg. The result showed that I had a hole in my bone which needed to be refilled with the sum of 362,000.00. (three hundred and sixty-two thousand naira only) because my mum couldn’t raise the money and help came from nowhere. I was taken to the village for native treatment which worsened the situation such that my leg was earmarked for amputation. Meanwhile, I had to suspend my university education because I couldn’t walk and was in great pains.
Like a dream of the night Maj. Gen Ogunkale came into the scene, single-handedly and miraculously took care of the medical bills for the leg surgery and today I can stand on my feet again and go back to school. Today I’m a graduate of Geology and Mining from the University of Jos, Nigeria. He gave me all the support and encouragement all through my trying moment till date. Now I’m able to walk again with the same leg that was to be amputated for lack of money
He showed my family and I love and care which words alone cannot describe or quantify. He thought me to be prayerful, obedient, humble, industrious, generous, hospitable, caring and so on.
To the glory of God, I have been able to use those feet to move about fulfilling my Gods divine calling and destiny with so many lives being saved and touched. Today I am the initiator of My body! My pride! My right!!! Initiative. A program put in place to help save female children from sexual abuse. I am the initiator and president of the Female Student Association on Campus. With a slogan of “Say no to female violence on campus”. Other programs held include “Touch me not, save a girl child”, “Speak out, Silence kills”, “Say no to Rape” I’m currently working on a campaign to be held in Ebonyi State titled Ebonyi Against Rape, to be held in September 2018 by the grace of God.
Thanks to daddy who God used to rescue my leg from amputation and for mentoring me and nurturing me to who I am today. He has helped me to discover and fulfil my destiny and above all helped me to be a blessing to others and the body of Christ in particular.